Red-Tailed Hawk with kill
14/09/11 09:24 PM
While great for Raptors (birds of prey), Mount Auburn Cemetery hasn't been the most productive site for me with songbirds. With our new son in his stroller, my wife and I set out to find some songbirds on our next trip. Half an hour into our walk, I saw a hawk perched on the ground at the edge of the road, and I knew he must be on a kill. Since we were enjoying the stroll, I had left my camera gear in the car. After a couple of minutes spent convincing my wife that Red Tailed Hawks don't attack newborns in strollers, I ran back to the car and got the camera.
When I came back I saw that my wife had flagged down a passing enthusiast and they were both watching the Hawk consume what was left of a squirrel. I got some decent shots, but the combination of the waning day and the shade of the trees meant it was difficult light, with shutter speeds hovering around 1/80th of a second. This, combined with the 800mm of glass strapped onto the front of my 1.5x crop factor D300S meant I wasn't able to get perfect sharpness.